Oh, and I get to work in the Community Liaison Office here too, attempting to help one of the CLOs who has WAY more experience than me and hardly needs my help. Fortunately, they are short a newsletter editor (yes, that's actually a separate job at large posts), and I'm getting to help out with that. Plus we can take care of a few things we simply can't do in Yekat, like visiting the med unit, and dry cleaning.
One of the real perks of being at the Embassy is getting face time with your supervisors, from your direct supervisor all the way up to the head honcho. We have been lucky enough to go to Spaso House, the Ambassador's residence, twice since we've been here. For entry level officers at an embassy, there are many opportunities to volunteer to work at events, but we don't have that advantage. Fortunately, the Deputy Chief of Mission has been great to those of us at the consulates in Russia and really watches out for us. She's made sure John and I are included in things we wouldn't normally be included in. I particularly appreciate it since EFMs have even fewer opportunities than officers. Here are a few photos from Spaso House over the past two weeks.
|Amb. McFaul and his wife dancing (rt) at Spaso House to the Quebe Sisters.|
|Amb. McFaul speaking at a Town Hall meeting for American citizens.|
|Me in front of Spaso House, located in the heart of Moscow.|
So far, I've gotten to experience the Foreign Service on two extreme scales - a teeny tiny post in the middle of nowhere, and one of the world's largest posts in one of the world's largest cities. I feel a little like Goldilocks, waiting to discover a nice mid-size post that fits just right. Preferably one in a place that's not too hot, not too cold, and where there's a really good dry cleaner.